India vs Australia series player ratings: Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Cameron Green
PLAYER RANKING: Australia may have gotten away without the Border Gavaskar trophy, but there have been improvements at the back end. Who can hold up their heads? HAVE YOUR MESSAGE
Australia missed out on taking home the Border Gavaskar trophy after falling two short after the first two Tests.
But it was a greatly improved performance from there, with the visitors claiming the third test before the final test ended in a tie.
So how did each Australian rate their performance, scroll down and share your thoughts.
Greg Chappell argued that Australia made a mistake in dropping Scott Boland after the first Test as he firmly believed he should have been a fixture in the series. Boland only played the first match and failed to take a wicket, although he continued to score narrowly.
Matt Renshaw 1
Had some bad luck but this was a memorable run for Renshaw and only time will tell if it hurt his stock for the Ashes.
MITCHELL STARC 3
Was a massive out for Australia in the first two Tests. Bowled well in the third test without much luck before struggling on a flat pitch in Ahmedabad in the last test.
MATTHAEUS KUEHNEMANN 7
Outstanding debut test series with nine wickets in three tests. Flown to India just a few days before the second test. His brilliant five-wicket move in the third Test was crucial in the context of that match. Has a great chance of nailing his spot for future Asian tours.
DAVID WARNER 2
Struggled for form until a nasty concussion and broken elbow in the second test ended his tour prematurely. Will return to India for Friday’s ODI games to prove a point ahead of the Ashes.
Deserves immense praise for the balance and control he has shown in his debut streak and has not faltered at all in four grueling test matches. His seven-wicket move on debut will live long in Test records, and Murphy has heralded himself as the ultimate heir to the Nathan Lyon throne (not that Lyon is showing any signs of slowing down). Fourteen wickets for the series.
Wasn’t a happy run for Carey with the racquet, but he was just outstanding with the gloves. Former Test goalkeeper Brad Haddin praised Carey’s brilliant catch in the Indian dirt, outshining Indian goalkeeper KS Bharat by the length of the straight.
Pat Cummins 4
Made the right decision to come home after the second test to be by his ailing mother’s side and Australia will have him back with open arms for the ODI series. Cummins didn’t have a lucky second Test – a rare moment when he looked human on the cricket pitch.
Nathan Lyon 9
The GOAT moniker is looking more and more appropriate as the Tour progresses. Lyon underperformed in the first Test but fought back brilliantly to end the streak with 22 wickets on an average of 22. Match-winning performances in the third Test and days of this kind in India are rare and should be savored. Now the most successful overseas bowler of all time in India.
STEVE SMITH 5.5
By Smith’s high standards, he didn’t quite make the tour as a batsman. But he couldn’t have done much more as a skipper since taking the reins from Cummins for the final two Tests. In particular, Smith’s captaincy in the third Test was inspired and tactically brilliant. Was the key to an incredible turnaround after embarrassing the first two Tests.
PETER HANDSCHAMM 6
Excellent selection and although the selectors were heavily criticized for not selecting Head, they deserve credit for recalling Handscomb. Extremely solid with the racquet and excellent in the field. Could he also go to England? It’s his country of birth.
USMAN KHAWAJA 9.5
Another great run for Shane Warne’s Australian Test Player of the Year. Khawaja had been sent to waterboy services on his two previous tours of India but ends up with a rare test century. In extremely difficult batting conditions, Khawaja excelled from the second test.
MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE 6.5
I will learn a lot from this tour but even amidst some struggles Labuschagne was still more than handy. Labuschagne got stuck on the crease a couple of times but earned his half-century to finish the Tour on a high.
TRAVIS HEAD 8.5
The puzzling call not to play heads in the first Test will henceforth be talked about every time Australia travels the subcontinent trying to pick a horse for the batting order courses. To Head’s credit, the unexpected setback didn’t dampen his confidence and was instrumental in his famous test win at Indore with his heavy-duty 49. Earned 100 for his 90 in Ahmedabad and finishes with an average of 47.
CAMERON GREEN 7.5
Could things have been different for Australia in this series if Green had been fit from the first test? Or even the second? It’s entirely possible. Losing the all-rounder was a crucial physical blow and his form on the return in Tests three and four proved it. A first Century Test at Ahmedabad will make England nervous ahead of the Ashes.
Originally published as India vs Australia series player ratings: Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon and debutants shine
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